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Bass in talks to buy Oz hotels group

THE UK-BASED leisure giant Bass is understood to be in advanced negotiations to acquire SPHC Group, Australia's second-biggest hotel management group, in a deal which would establish the UK company as the top-ranked hotel operator in Australia.

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The Independent on Sunday The Savoy Group is to be broken up by Blackstone Group, its US owner, in an attempt to cover some of the pounds 520m it paid for the upscale hotel chain last year. It is thought that the Americans are willing to entertain offers for the Berkeley Hotel and the Connaught, and possibly Claridge's.

Travel: The discreet charm of San Diego

With its great climate and culture, Jennifer Turnball wonders why California's third city isn't better known

Granada creates 2,500 new jobs

Granada creates 2,500 new jobs

Market Report: Insurers lead the financial retreat

FINANCIAL STOCKS saw red yesterday as investors cashed in on the recent good run. After heady weeks dominated by the talk of a blockbuster merger between Halifax and Prudential and of the sale of Guardian Royal Exchange, dealers decided to take a breather and lock in some profits.

Granada profits overturn fears

Investment: Defensive strategy in leisure and media wards off economic downturn

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Skiing all the way home

Is the site of a disused mine in Sheffield about to be the new ski Mecca?

Blue Chip: Granada can still turn it on

Investors are cautious after the Forte takeover, but the leisure giant should resume normal service

Granada to raise pounds 1bn from hotel sales

Granada Group is confident of raising at least pounds 1bn from the sale of its 17 Forte Exclusive Hotels, the company's chief executive Charles Allen said yesterday.

Granada reveals timetable for disposals

Granada has given itself 15 months to sell pounds 1.5bn worth of unwanted assets inherited from its pounds 3.9bn takeover of Forte, Gerry Robinson, Granada's chairman, said yesterday.
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